I love Rich's emotion when he talks about the end of "First Contact." I get how 'This morning I was the leader of the universe as I knew it, this afternoon I'm only a voice in a chorus' reflects the familiar and productive humility in discourse we and our leadership have generally discarded these days-- something Star Trek fans, especially, have valued highly over the years. Somehow contempt and proud ignorance have trumped earnestness and prudence, like people are no longer allowed to learn from their mistakes anymore, that we now must be perfectionists or unobtrusive, be smart enough to know everything without asking any questions, that laziness, entitlement, gossip, deflection and blackmail is now the modus operandi within the American psyche. Somehow we've made boy scouts weak for caring about character and common sense and bullies admirable for their malicious intimidation, like the hubris of Brutus has been switched with the scrappiness of Popeye. Somewhere in the back of my mind is always this feeling that merit and experience matter less than who you know, how you look, how well you're liked and how base and uncooperative you can be. Not wanting to act like that, I wait around for people to come back to their senses.
I’m rewatching/registering this for the third time and that chancellor dude sounds like the Unsolved Mysteries narrator...
Don't let Shatner hear you describe Stewart as "a stuffy bald diplomat" or you gonna have another Boomer Fight on yo hands
I dont really watch Star Trek but I could listen to Mike talk about it til the day I die.
To RLM: I would actually pay for entire episode "fan commentaries" on TNG by Mike, Rich or both.
The worst episode of TNG was the last episode of Enterprise
The Traveler: "...One called Mozart, who as a small child wrote astonishing symphonies. A genius who made music not only to be heard, but seen and felt beyond the understanding, the ability of others. Wesley is such a person." Mozart: Writes a canon called "Kiss My Ass"
I realized that was the beginning of the inferior "tell, don't show" style of writing when it comes to portraying genius-level characters on Star Trek. See: Burnham, Michael.
As if the fact that this was about Star Trek wasn’t enough of a reason to watch, the Tamarian quotes in the comment section are worth just as much
I always liked Voyager and DS9 much pore that TNG. You guys should do them one day.
44:12..." it was a good day "
Mike is so handsome
Her: was it good for you, baby? Rich Evans: I liked it; it was... number 10, in my top 20
52:35 I guess to Star Trek's credit, a lot of recent installments seem to be embracing a more realistic Universal Translator situation where alien species' mouths don't match the translated dialogue--but only in certain scenes, I suppose. And most of the Starfleet ship bridge officers actually speak Federation Standard English. Would just be too much of a hassle to show that in every scene, mostly for the audience's benefit. Would be cool though to see Trek VR media explore this more realistically
anyone else want a top 5 worst tng episodes? they have their own charm but some of them are not stellar lol
The metaphor language could have some function as everyone in the society has to learn history to be able to communicate properly. Knowing that much history would imply that they are an intelligent species and we can see that their technology is at least on par with that of the federation, which is impressive considering their limited ability to trade or communicate. It's a weird idea, but that is what makes it interesting.
I haven't watched ST since my preteens/teens, to this was one hell of a nostalgia dive for me. Thanks for that.
I've seen no episodes from any Star Trek series yet here I am
coincidence that the alien of a world about to be brought into the galactic family and one government system that isnthe federation, where half the people want to stay in the old ways and the other half want progress, looks like Putin? lol..
Rich Evans superimposed on couch is my favorite meme ever
"The guilty pleasure episodes are the ones where the science is schlock".... soooo, every episode then? It's okay to admit and means this reView series might continue for some time! :)
so how the fuck is data not the best pilot?
Mike bought that mask on ebay for the princely sum of $375.09 in October 2008. Adjusted for inflation that would be $450.97 today.
Starting watching TNG for the first time at the start of lockdown. Something very uplifting about a team working together to explore and solve problems whilst the world seemed to be crumbling around outside. Even the not so good episodes have a lot of charm and at the very least decent forehead ridges. The best episodes are some of the best TV episodes in any genre ever.
I have a coworker who does that Data laugh you mentioned from The Game almost exactly like that and then continues on in conversation. It creeps me tf out.
Hey, can you guys do something ANYTHING on the Orville?
WHY IS RICH ALWAYS SCREAM-TALKING? Mike is so soft-spoken aND THEN RICH STARTS SCREAMING.
The Darmok language never bothered me too much. But the more you think about it, it did have nouns like "sails", which makes you wonder where exactly in their culture did they stop inventing new words and start using metaphor for most things.
I think they have a second language for like engineering but this is never fully discussed in the actual episode, which is confusing. It’s still a great concept and incredible execution IMO
Nice callback to Picard throwing away priceless artifacts. Also we have AI overdub now that can make translated voice on video match the translators /assumed/ lip movement so its not too far off into the future we may have some of this fancy technology.
I love that the president in the First Contact episode was Stackhouse on The West Wing. The two shows have a ton of overlap on guest actors, but this is my favorite because he's the same guy in both.
Is it bad, if I talk back to the TV, to correct Rich and Mike on Star Trek trivia? Help. Please, help.
Seeing Booby Trap at the start reminded me (unfortunately) that the other day I came across a random Trek forum when I was looking for information about a particular episode and there was a thread about 'weakest TNG episodes', and one of the first people in the thread had Booby Trap and Galaxy's Child as disliked/weaker episodes because of "Incel Geordie" and a description of Geordie having a "masturbatory fantasy". I tried to picture the kind of cheaply cynical mind that would conjure up such an interpretation and then I remembered we're in the age of using resentful 'chip-on-the-shoulder' explanations of human actions, masquerading as ideology. And everyone just has to be a horrible piece of shit with the worst intentions and motivations.
Rich & Mike's top 178 TNG episodes
Oh hell, someone beat me to that joke ages ago.
I like how the Tanarians are basically retarded and incapable of communicating complex ideas to each other but somehow developed spacecraft capable of interstellar travel.
31:52 That is the gooniest smile i've ever seen. I can't believe an actor didnt know to smile with their TEETH
My Wesley Crusher hate comes from modern Will Wheaton.
the wesley hate is very unfair...and what rich doesn't get, is the best thing in the episode was, riker and lilith, by far. also, mike and rich, .....in the studio.
I mean, you do realize you have a large audience that will.. ‘darmok and jallad’ at ‘tenagra’.. if you will.
Please do DS9 next, but as seven season recaps.
I've replayed the small "I was never a boy" clip far too many times now. I would kill for standard TNG episodes but with Mike dubbing Data's voice.
Not being bothered by Crusher(s) is fine as long as Troi annoys you.
"I always wanted to make love with an alien"
“In Winter” = cool it
I can’t site the source, but it was some marathon of TNG around the turn of the century and some of the actors, backed by a white screen were talking a bit between episodes. Wil Weaton specifically said that his character was supposed to be Roddenberry. Or a “stand in”. Weaton linked this fact to his sadness over leaving the show. Apparently he didn’t realize this before he left and later found out. Something along those lines. But that fact made him feel even worse for leaving.
tHAT MUSIC AT THE END.... i REMEMBER IT WELL.... i WAS SO HYPED!!!
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra is most definitely a cool episode, I disagree the alien language is bollocks though, it is the opposite, in fact. Such a language would allow for no misunderstanding, none, zero which in a language would be fucking handy, just imagine never ever having to explain another fucking thing again and never being in doubt as to what someone meant. Total clarity of expression and understanding would possibly be the least bollocks about a language anywhere, anywhen.
Happy to see any TOS, DS9, or Voyager re:Views you guys would like to do :)
just because there's a big group of rocks floating in space because of a planet's destruction doesn't mean it's not an asteroid field... i mean whose to say most asteroid fields that exist aren't just such situations?
Damn, Ashley wasn't all that "nasty" back in the day
Fun fact about the Universal translator lip sync thing: When Vulcan (as a language) was being developed, the creators actually made it so that the Vulcan for "Live Long and Prosper" would have the same lip movements as "Live Long and Prosper." I think AydinPaladin has talked about it.
Didn't Gene Rodenberry originally want Geordie to be gay?
Does anyone remember what episode Mike said felt like 2 episodes in one? I know he said it in one of these vids.
Seeing Riker's o-face is not unfortunate. Jonathan Frakes is an extremely handsome man with an especially beautiful face.
Rich: Boobytrap, First Contact, The Next Phase, Mike: The Game, Darmok, To Be Continued
2:20 It wasn't much in the series but in Insurrection they did play a bit with Geordi's blindness when he temporarily had his vision restored by the Baku
A pretty decent amount of the plot of "Generations" hinged on his visor, if not his handicap.
I would watch you guys talk about EVERY episode. DS9 when you get through TNG. Thanks in advance.
5:50 there's actually a funny blooper of this scene where Worf accidentally says "I never played with boys" instead of "I never played with ships"
Geordie has an air filter on his face
17:49 you just lost it
"I'd like to read up on it some more" - Me when first offered the 2cb line of hallucinogens
1:04:23 just keep looping it back..
Do sea quest.
mike's feelings towards wesley remind me of when i discovered most fallout 4 fans hate preston garvey and i was like "i mean i don't particularly like him, but i don't HATE him??"
He only ever really annoyed me because anytime he's on screen he only has three lines of dialogue
I want a Plinkett review for every Star Trek episode.
I'd rather have that Chancellor than Biden or Trump. Its sad that in a country with over 350 million people that these were the only options.
I'm surprised that shot of Ro shooting randomly during the party doesn't get clipped more for comedy edits
Rich DTF illegal aliens at a moments notice.
In "The Game" did you ever notice that at the end they force Wesley's eyes open for the game, but he still blinks! So he could have always closed his eyes!
what he's wearing at 18:34, and the way the that creepy ass traveller gushes over him, thats why people hated wesley. and the name wesley
59:11 those aliens were people who wrote the same US constitution and were basically a strange post-apocalyptic version of America. They had the constitution already has a holy scripture that no one could read and so they didn't follow any of itss positive messages. Kirk reads it to them in order to convince them to treat the Khone's(Asian communist aliens) with the same rights.
I love these videos! :-) I don't hate Wesley Crusher either. After you've watched a few episodes featuring Voyager's desperately bland Icheb, Wesley actually seems like a great character, full of spirit.
Luke Skywalker, scream to sky
"Remember Me" was another favorite. Such paranoia.
"Darmok" was my all time favorite TNG episode. So imaginative.
Didn't Picard take over cause ya know he's responsible for the entire ship, yeah there are parallels but you may be reading to much into it.
Coincidentally, these are my guilty pleasure episodes of RLM
"Doctor Crusher to Data- do you have a minute to join me in sick bay? I need you help with something." We get a bunch of emails like that from people posing as our CEO. My first thought was DATA DON'T GO ITS A PHISHING SCAM!!!
Darmok actually is a really good sci-fi episode and it has a basis in real life. Every person, who learned a foreign language, experienced that learning the words and the grammar is just not enough to actually communicate. When you learn a new language you need to learn the way the native speakers think, and the further away a language is the more abstract this thinking is to your own. While Darmok takes this to an extreme level, it is a familiar experience to every language learner to go, 'Okay, I understand every single word in this sentence yet I don't have the slightest f***ing idea what it is about.'
why don't they fall through the floor on "the next phase"
'Quolls the entire situation' -Mike Stoklasa, not Rich Evans.
He turns into a multi dimensional traveler.
27:41 it’s little shots like these that make me love RLM-Mike saying something dumb and Rich just sitting there with a fixed, somewhat amused expression as he considers said dumb thing
Ashley Judd presses all my buttons. Even older now, saw her in the new Twin Peaks season and she's still got it.
Rich needs some new shoes... like his actual soul those soles are wore down.... ;)
Man, that mask looks like some monster thing from Power Rangers.
Do you really have to censor the word "whore"? Yikes.
“The next phase” has too many plot holes: 1) why can they go through walls but not the floor?, 2) if they can’t eat, how can they breathe?
Just needed a couple of lines of explanation: "Our bodies are still bound by the gravity fields coming from the floors." and "We can't move solid objects, but air particles are small enough that we can still take in enough air to survive."
Universal translators understand the words, but are unable to translate context. Alien language translated into English gibberish.
You boiiis keep sucking off all my power when I try to leave
Question with "The Next Phase." If they can go through tables and people, and push a Romulan into space through a wall... why can't they fall through the floor?
JJ, the Ruiner.
Classy Star Trek, in deed!
Why the politics nonsense being mentioned 🙄 😑 😒 🖕
I need a Re-view of Enemy Mine with Rich and Mike in my life right now.
The most priceless moment: "...Star Trek Discovery, that giant dumpster fire...."